Rio Conventions' Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion

The Rio Conventions' Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion is a collaborative outreach activity involving the Rio Convention secretariats, with the Global Environment Facility and other important partners. The CBD’s Lifeweb is also playing a key role.

Launched during the International Year of Biodiversity, the Ecosystems Pavilion is a platform for raising awareness and sharing information about the latest practices and scientific findings on the co-benefits that can be realized through implementation of the three Rio Conventions. It is an example of enhanced collaboration, as mandated by the UN General Assembly in its resolution 64/203 of 14 December 2009.

Through highlighting a number of specific themes and cross-cutting issues relevant to the three Rio Conventions and their common objective to support sustainable development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Pavilion demonstrates the challenges and opportunities for biodiversity and land managers due to the unavoidable and projected adverse impacts of climate change.

The Pavilion, a reflection of the importance being placed by the Rio Conventions’ secretariats and numerous international organisations on promoting linkages to maximize co-benefits and minimize negative interactions between these three critical environmental, social and economic issues, was convened in 2010 at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 10) (18-29 October, 2010) in Nagoya, Japan, and will be convened at the UNFCCC COP 16/CMP 6 in Cancun, Mexico (29 November – 10 December, 2010).


In 2011, the Pavilion will be convened at the UNCCD COP 10 in Changwon, Republic of Korea (10-21 October, 2011) and the UNFCCC COP 17 in South Africa (December 2011).  The Pavilion partners hope to also extend the momentum of these collaborative initiatives to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil in 2012 (Rio +20 Earth Summit).